Athenaeum Gallery Presents Potomac River Life

By Editorial Team on July 11, 2022

Thu, 14 July 2022 - Sun, 21 August 2022

Alison Sigethy, Freshwater Microverse, digital painting, 30″ x 40″ x 1.5″
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 17 from 4pm to 6pm
Panel Talk: Wednesday, July 20 at 7pm

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act, The Athenaeum Gallery invited artists to respond to an open call with work that explores concepts related to the Potomac River, its vital role in the regional ecosystem, and the importance of working toward a clean, healthy river. The resulting exhibition features a broad spectrum of interpretations of the theme and represents a wide variety of media.

The Clean Water Act, which became law in 1972, regulates the chemical, physical, and biological quality of bodies of water throughout the United States. For the Athenaeum audience, this brings awareness to our local body of water, the Potomac River. The goal of the exhibit is to highlight the importance of river sustainability, and how the Potomac plays a part in our daily lives and how it impacts its natural surroundings. Artwork from 40 local artists will be on display at the Athenaeum, and these include figurative and abstract works depicting various aspects of the Potomac River, such as its water, fauna, surrounding flora, and the human interaction with the river. This exhibition is a collaboration with The Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRN). A portion of the sales commission from the artwork will go to PRN and its efforts to maintain a clean and sustainable Potomac River.

On Wednesday, July 20th at 7 p.m. we will host a moderated conversation in the gallery with leaders from the Potomac Riverkeepers’ Network and the Potomac Conservancy to discuss the status and health of the Potomac, efforts to improve it, and the possibility of a swimmable Potomac in the near future. The exhibition runs through August 21, 2022.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday to Sunday – 12pm to 4 pm

About the Athenaeum | Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association:

The Athenaeum Gallery is the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). Founded in 1964, the NVFAA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to  present visitors with a wide variety of excellent work and unique experiences.

The Athenaeum Gallery is located at 201 Prince Street, Alexandria VA.